Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica 215.310.1250



New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 96 reviews
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Shamanic Value

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Just before I traveled to New Life, I was given a book. It was a coincidence that the book was Stone Age Wisdom and that it was about shamanism. More important, it was something that I needed to read at just that moment – such are the synchronicities that pop up in your life if you’re ready to notice them. I knew a lot about Ayahuasca from reading and listening to Terrence McKenna. But I had given almost no thought to the other important factor in Ayahuasca ceremonies – the shaman. Author Tom Crockett wrote his book to demystify the function played by those who facilitate, host and present the ceremonies. His central premise is that shamanic work is about helping people to learn about and to heal themselves. You don’t have to be from a traditional culture and you don’t need a PhD in Shamanistic Studies. You just need to understand – intellectually and viscerally – the value of the rituals and pre-modern practices that can be so effective with or without the plant medicines. I feel very lucky that I ended up at a retreat with Matthew Mormello. The whole experience certainly engaged me in profound ways. Matt has obviously been trained well by traditional mentors but his background as an American helped make him and the ceremonies that much more amenable. He never refers to himself as a shaman but Matt’s efforts impressed me for their balance of wild energy and ceremonial dignity. I haven’t experienced so-called real shaman so I don’t know what I missed. But from what I know from reading is that Matt set the perfect tone and ambiance in which Mother Ayahuasca could do her magic. The experience can be a little intimidating so the other value provided by Matt and his partner Janae is safety. They really care about taking care of people. The feeling you get is love. They love what they’re doing. They love to help and serve. And they love enough to be really professional about the whole operation. The food is great. The rooms are great. The amenities are great. All in all: this is real value. The Ayahuasca experience is much more than merely drinking a plant medicine. It starts from the moment you are welcomed to the beautiful house high in the hills of San Ramon. This is something important to any shamanistic experience: the location. With a forever view of the surrounding hills, ocean and skies, this location is indeed liminal. The house is one with the sky and abounds with character and warmth. And all of that is buttressed by the warmth and care of Matt and Janae themselves. I’m still glowing and reverberating with little lessons from Aya weeks after the experience. If I didn’t get the genuine performance from a card-carrying native shaman in Peru, then I don’t care. I got what I needed. Thanks Matt and Janae, it was perfect.

Serene setting, beautiful experience

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This was my first aya experience and I went into it with great expectations. Matt and Jeanae, who are both wonderful people, have created the perfect environment and did not disappoint. All attendees felt safe and comfortable which allows for a more profound experience with the medicine. The food, property, guests, and Shaman (and Jeanae!!!) were all A+. I couldn't recommend this place more and I will most certainly be going back.

Profound Experience

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It's very difficult to describe what an amazing experience this was. Matt and Jeanae make you feel right at home upon arrival to their beautiful property. The rooms are amazing and very comfortable, and the view from the back porch every morning is breathtaking. Overall just a very positive energy surrounds this place and I instantly fell in love with it.. The ceremonies are unbelievably astonishing. Matt guides you through this intense experience with absolutely amazing Icaros, Gong, Drum, and Guitar. He becomes one with this medicine during ceremony, and it left me speechless. You can tell he puts 100% of his energy and passion into this, and I hold the upmost respect for him. Jeanae also plays the most beautiful sounding flute I've ever heard, and her presence during the ceremony is very soothing. Matt and Jeanae are very genuine and sincere people and I'm very grateful for what they have done for me. I cannot wait to go back!...Oh and Chopper is the coolest cat you will ever meet!
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Costa Rica

New Life Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica

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The view from our back patio

Costa Rica is the perfect place for an ayahuasca retreat. The nature, beauty and laid back atmosphere contribute to the therapeutic value of our ayahuasca retreats. Costa Rica has an easy-going culture with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to “Pure Life.” The weather is perfect year round, with average temperatures around 77 degrees. Ticos (the local term for a Costa Rican), are said to be some of the happiest people in the world and it is easy to understand why.

Costa Rica has two seasons – dry season and rainy season. The rainy season is from around May/June – December and dry season is from around January – May/June.  Rainy season is great because everything is very green and alive and the mornings typically start out sunny and the rain comes in through out the day – its warm during the day but can cool off with the rains and at night. Dry season is great because it doesn’t rain, meaning warm days (still cool nights), clear skies and beautiful sunsets but the landscape gets very dry and ‘brown’. Please keep these factors in mind when booking your retreat.

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Why choose New Life Ayahuasca in Costa Rica?

  • FACILITYOur modern facility provides comfort during this profound experience. Private rooms, attached bathrooms, hot water, WIFI, gym, pool, massage and vast property to explore all make our facility an ideal place for a healing retreat.
  • BREWOur brew is made in Peru by a reputable Shaman and is free of any potentially dangerous or harmful additives or fillers such as Daturda (toe) which if used in improper quantities could be fatal.
  • INTIMATE GROUPSWhile some ayahuasca retreat facilities will host up to 30 guests at once, we limit participation per retreat to 8 so we can provide individualized attention and support during such a profound experience.
  • TRAVELNot only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is also extremely easy to get to. Flights are significantly cheaper (appx. $500 round trip) to Costa Rica than anywhere in South America, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport for arrivals between 11AM-1PM, making the transition to our facility stress-free.
  • SAFETYWhile ayahuasca is primarily considered safe, there are certain medications and conditions that could cause complications during participation. We conduct  a brief medical screening to be sure all participants can safely consume ayahuasca and are here to answer any questions you may have.
  • CEREMONIAL GUIDEMatt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros and unique way of playing a Tibetan signing bowl help guide the participants’ experience.


New Life Ayahuasca is one of very few ayahuasca retreat facilities in Costa Rica. We conduct a medical screening (which few facilities include) to be sure all potential participants can safely consume ayahuasca. We provide all meals in accordance with the ayahuasca diet. All ayahuasca brew used at our ceremonies is made using only home-grown plants from Peru. All medicine is hand-made and free of datura(toe), which is a poisonous flower that can be dangerous, even fatal, if used in the wrong quantities. Our ceremonies are performed by a shaman or experienced ceremonial leader.

You may refer to our page with Frequently Asked Questions about ayahuasca to get more information about us and ayahuasca. New Life Ayahuasca is happy to answer any questions you have about our staff, our facility, our brew or our ceremonies.

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Our facility in Costa Rica

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Part of our 20 acre property

The New Life Ayahuasca facility is situated off a secluded dirt road about 80 minutes outside of SJO (Juan Santamaría International Airport). Costa Rica offers lush land filled with a variety of native plants and animals. We provide all locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Why is ayahuasca illegal in the US?

In the United States, DMT is a Schedule I drug because of its hallucinogenic properties. The legal status in the United States of DMT-containing plants is somewhat questionable. Ayahuasca plants and preparations are legal, as they contain no scheduled chemicals. However, when the ingredients are used in a brew, the DMT becomes active, so any brew made using DMT containing plants is illegal. That said, some people are challenging this, using arguments similar to those used by religious sects. (From Wikipedia)

This forces most who want to experience ayahuasca retreats to travel outside the united states. Recently, with ayahuasca’s growing popularity, many ayahuasca facilities have opened in South America, specifically in Peru. This is why doing thorough research before picking a retreat facility is so important. Many of the new facilities that have popped up around the region of Peru have bad reputations or false shamans. Always know who is conducting ceremony and gather information about the brew used and what it contains.